Now all that UK Parliamentary unpleasantness is behind us, let’s turn our attention to a more fun election. The next Oxford Professor of Poetry will be chosen by a vote of graduates of the university. Information about the position, how to register and cast your vote, and statements from the nominees, can be found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/oxford-people/professor-of-poetry
Sadly I’m ineligible to vote in elections at The Other Place (I studied at Cambridge), but that doesn’t stop me from having an opinion. AE Stallings is my favourite living poet: a master both of ancient forms and modern colloquial speech, with great insight into the human condition. She is also a talented and passionate teacher of poetry. I was lucky enough to take a workshop with her last summer in West Chester PA, and was enlightened and entertained in equal measure.
There’s a great (if outdated) interview with Alicia here: http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/19/stallings19.html
And you can keep up with the campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aestallingsforoxfordpop?fref=nf&pnref=story
If Oxford choose her, they won’t regret it. My only reservation is that, being The Other Place, they don’t deserve her.